To Malm, eating in restaurants and new moons are the two tests that God has placed upon the Church of God.
The Sabbath and the Calendar are primary TEST issues; testing whether the COG leaders, elders and brethren are humble enough to turn from their own false traditions, and embrace the increase in knowledge that Jesus Christ has promised us for the very end time, Dan 12.One of Malm's acolytes sent him the following letter which Malm takes as vindication for his recent tirades:
You are correct in declaring there are many within the COG questioning the traditions of men. I am now in the process of studying the Calendar issue and there are others in our congregation doing so as well. We are striving to prove all things according God’s word just as Paul instructed. No longer can we trust any man to guide us without fail.
Is it Hypocritical to Eat in a Restaurant on the Sabbath?
First ask yourself:
1. Is laboring on the Sabbath to receive payment a sin? Yes
2. Is laboring specifically in a restaurant on the Sabbath to receive payment a sin? Yes
3. Would you ever personally labor in a restaurant on the Sabbath to receive payment? No
4. When you eat in a restaurant, do you not physically hand over payment to the server for the direct labor they expended on your party, including the food provided to you? Yes
5. Do you not adjust this payment (specifically tip) according to the level/quality/amount of labor in which they provided? Yes
1. If laboring on the Sabbath is a sin
2. Laboring specifically in a restaurant on the Sabbath is a sin
3. As a converted Christian you would NEVER work in a restaurant on the Sabbath because that would be a sin
4. Direct payment IS exchanged specifically for the level, amount, and quality of labor (including goods provided)
Would it not be hypocritical to hand over payment to a server specifically for labor on the Sabbath? Labor that you yourself would NEVER do?
“Yeah but eating in a restaurant is a good chance to let our light shine!”
Imagine: You call your server over to your table, you look them in the eye and say, “I would never ever do you what you just did for me and my party because God declares that a sin; but I very much appreciate you doing it for me and my family, so that my wife did not have to labor, and so our day could be more relaxing, and enjoyable. Go get me another cup of coffee, some rolls for my kids, and I will tell you more!”
What kind of light are we shining?
“Yeah but, we are not FORCING them to labor on the Sabbath. They would be doing it whether or not we go into the restaurant!”
Did you know that eating in a restaurant on Saturday is similar to visiting a prostitute on Saturday? In both cases you are making someone work.
Another scenario to consider:Then apostle Malm jumps in with this:
1. Is having any form of sex out of wedlock sin? Yes
2. Is being a prostitute a sin? Yes
3. Is it a sin to engage in the services of a prostitute? Yes
4. Wouldn’t a prostitute just end up committing sexual immorality whether or not I engage in her services? Yes
Then in that case… why not visit a prostitute? She would be committing sin anyway. It’s not like we are not coercing her to do so?
“Wait! That is not the same thing at all! Everyone knows prostitution is a sin. No converted Christian would ever argue prostitution isn’t a sin. Nor that visiting a prostitute, partaking in their activity of employment, and directly exchanging payment for the act performed would be sin. Not the same thing at all.”
Let’s look at the two scenarios side by side:
Restaurant / Prostitute
1. Is it a sin to work on the Sabbath? Yes B Is it a sin to commit sexual immorality? YesThe scenarios aren’t really so different, are they?
2. Is it a sin to work in a restaurant on the Sabbath? Yes B Is it a sin to work as a prostitute? Yes
3. Would I personally ever work in a restaurant on the Sabbath? No. Why? Because it is a sin. B Would I personally ever work as a prostitute? No. Why? Because it is a sin.
4. Won’t the server be working on the Sabbath (committing sin) whether or not I visit the restaurant? Yes B Won’t the prostitute commit sexual immorality whether or not I visit the prostitute? Yes
We would never visit a prostitute, despite the fact we know they would commit sin whether or not we visit them. This because we know a sin is a sin, and circumstances do not change that fact.
Admin: This is a good example but the issue is largerl since the excuse “they will do it anyway” would justify participating in almost ANY sin. We are to set an example of godliness, not to follow the crowd! That is what letting our light shine really means!Then his acolyte continues with this:
Then shouldn’t the same be true for directly paying someone for the labor provided on the Sabbath? Something we ourselves would never do, because we know laboring on the Sabbath is a sin! Even though we understand they would sin, whether or not we partake of their services, that does not make it acceptable for us to partake in their sin (as with the prostitute).
I think it is rather obvious that Malm and crew will NOT be eating at Hooters during the Feast on holy days and sabbath's.....